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by phonebook
Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: virgin pendolino
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Re: virgin pendolino

steviesparx wrote:
GeoffW wrote:I've got a very, very old BR pendolino - does anyone want it for spares? def. non-runner.


Do you mean an APT ?.....


funnily enough, i would love to see a pendolino in br blue!
by phonebook
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Knighton Junction
Replies: 7
Views: 1795

Re: Knighton Junction

The thing that strikes me the most about this plan is that even though the loop appears set up for entering and exiting loco first, it cant be done with the points you've put in- in fact anything coming from the stations are travelling on the wrong side once they enter the loop.
by phonebook
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Peco points with Kato Unitrack
Replies: 15
Views: 5084

Re: Peco points with Kato Unitrack

I am starting to build a new layout using Unitrack. I would like to maintain 33mm centres on crossovers but have heard that #4 points can be troublesome. If I exclusively use #6 points this forces 49.5 mm centres and makes life difficult on the nearby curve sections. The dealer says that the #4's r...
by phonebook
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

Re: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline

ok so not a circle but a series of arcs and straights thing is i had imagined (wrongly as it turns out) that working that out would lead me to the return curve- because the track center of the bendy toe must be half the spacing (otherwise two together toe to toe wont make a good crossing). I'm start...
by phonebook
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

Re: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline

you are correct and i am wrong! but my radius argument is better but your curve is the best- regard the two diagrams, my two long points fit exactly into 37 inch circle, the inner circle is your 34.5 inch circle- as you can see it overlaps but the other diagram shows how your 34.5 inch return curve ...
by phonebook
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

Re: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline

i get almost exactly ( i know , i know ) 34.5 inches constant radius in a 10 degree arc to give streamline centres from a code 55 large raidus point. this was done using 'cadrail' drawing a tangent arc, but i don't know how ( or even if ) it is possible to strike the arc from the the point so i pla...
by phonebook
Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

Re: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline

i get almost exactly ( i know , i know ) 34.5 inches constant radius in a 10 degree arc to give streamline centres from a code 55 large raidus point. this was done using 'cadrail' drawing a tangent arc, but i don't know how ( or even if ) it is possible to strike the arc from the the point so i pla...
by phonebook
Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

Re: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline

i absolutely agree with you, but still I'm keen to discover the rhyme, reason and relationship of the different track pieces. yes, it serves no practical purpose- other than to tax the mind but musing it did lead me to the interesting discovery that a curved point seems to fit one streamline spacing...
by phonebook
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: pondering the maths of code 55 streamline
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

pondering the maths of code 55 streamline

before I begin, I accept that this probably serves no useful purpose a peco medium radius code 55 point is supposed to have a radius of 18 inches, now, this is for the curved bit, and not an average of the point itself- from its heel to the toe that bends out. because i've been trying in xtrckd to f...
by phonebook
Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Room layout planning help
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Re: Room layout planning help

it really depends where the door is

if its not central then the wall the door is nearest is going to be shorter
by phonebook
Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Peco points with Kato Unitrack
Replies: 15
Views: 5084

Re: Peco points with Kato Unitrack

poliss wrote:I have found that my short wheelbase locos stall on the 30 degree Tomix turnouts. I don't think they are made quite as well as Kato tunouts.


any feedback on the other points they do? the 30 degree points are a speciality item after all
by phonebook
Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Peco points with Kato Unitrack
Replies: 15
Views: 5084

Re: Peco points with Kato Unitrack

good link there phonebook, i just read the blurb and as the link says it is not advertised appropriately for the tracks actual purpose. well i've been toying (no pun intended) with getting a load of tomix track somehow and using it for trainset like layouts- there's oodles of different pieces, with...
by phonebook
Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Peco points with Kato Unitrack
Replies: 15
Views: 5084

Re: Peco points with Kato Unitrack

get some kato 20-045 converters and have a play, they should?? make connecting the two tracks easy. you may need a bit of 55 flexi between the two facing points to get the track centres alligned. kato N has 33mm centres ( or 50+ if you use the large radius points to form a crossover!! ) and peco 55...
by phonebook
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco N gauge st-7 crossing problem! wont fit!
Replies: 7
Views: 1668

Re: Peco N gauge st-7 crossing problem! wont fit!

i know i have a bee in my bonnet about the st7, but it is SUPPOSED to be setrack, and therefore work in the way peco say it should, and from their own publications, they believe it does!!!! but it doesnt, they should change the geometry immediately.
by phonebook
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Track layout design software
Replies: 27
Views: 5599

Re: Track layout design software

much like the difference between flexitrack and setrack, anyrail is brilliant for setrack, and the piece restriction keeps the budget down! xtrkd is for better for flexi and indeed needs a little more effort

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